For years, Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson served as glue that helped the Marvel Cinematic Universe stick together. He first made his debut in Jon Favreau's Iron Man, but appearances in Thor and Iron Man 2 helped create the cohesion that the franchise is now known for. Sadly, he has been off the big screen ever since 2012, as he was killed in Joss Whedon's The Avengers, but now we have confirmation that he will be making his big comeback in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's Captain Marvel.
Production is officially underway on the 2019 Marvel Studios blockbuster, and an official press release announcing the start of filming has confirmed the return of Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson. We know nothing about his role in the movie at this point, but we do know that his character's death probably won't play a factor (the plot is set in the early 1990s). That's not a lot, but it's still hard not to get excited about the development.
Of course, just because Phil Coulson hasn't been active on the big screen since 2012 doesn't mean he hasn't been active period. In fact, fans of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have seen the character grow a whole lot over the course of five seasons (he was actually the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a significant amount of time). Sadly we probably won't get to see any of that specific development because of the time period in which Captain Marvel is set, but we can all still cross our fingers and hope that we will eventually have a scene where Tony Stark is reunited with his old, not-dead friend. Something tells us that he will be a bit surprised to see him.
In addition to Phil Coulson, Captain Marvel is bringing together a whole lot of awesome characters together in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Brie Larson was confirmed as the titular hero, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, a few years back, and last summer it was confirmed that the movie will have a key role for Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury to play. It's also worth noting that Coulson won't be the only formerly-dead guy in the bunch, as both Lee Pace's Ronan The Accuser and Djimon Hounsou's Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy will also be in the mix. The rest of the cast (as unidentified characters) includes Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte and McKenna Grace.
As mentioned, Captain Marvel is now in production, preparing for its arrival in theaters on March 8, 2019. It is unquestionably one of the blockbusters we are looking forward to most in the coming months, so stay tuned for all of the latest updates and news about the project's development here on CinemaBlend!